Jay Elle – Ride The Wave | Familiarity In Optimism
Jay Elle is an acoustic rock-pop singer and songwriter based in the USA. He channels his warmth and energy into creating guitar-driven melodic songs. Jay’s goal with his music is to create thought-provoking tunes that create more optimistic and positive messages. The idea is to have you carry on with your day with a smile. I suppose that is one of the better things about this music. Jay Elle has just dropped his latest album, Ride The Wave. With 12 tracks on the list, the album has a run time of nearly 43 minutes.
We begin the album on the titular track, Ride The Wave. This track reminds me of Pete Townshend, the famous lea guitarist from The Who. Jay shows a great bit of skill with his rhythmic progressions. His lyrics are rather optimistic, but not idealistic beyond belief. Jay Elle really speaks to his audience with his music creating a positive atmosphere. Similarly, we find Tequila Kiss applies the same technique. However, I prefer the drum groove on Tequila Kiss. The track has a nice driving rhythm to it that carries it forward a little faster. I really like how smooth Jay sounds on these tracks. It almost feels effortless.
Want Me Bad has this rather interesting intro. It reminds me of a Bluesy intro that builds up to a crescendo. I love how amazingly easy Jay makes this seem. There is a large looming sense of uncertainty in the track, however, Jay’s voice acts as this comforting factor. In Miss Mess, we see Jay Elle move towards a more electronic style. I find this to be a nice contrast to the other tracks on the album. I really enjoy how he can move in and out of genres as easily as he does. Miss Mess reminds me of Talking Heads and there’s such a good vibe going on throughout.
Rainy Day has, possibly, the gloomiest intro on the album. However, when Jay gets into the body of the song, everything seems to get better. I’ve never been one for Pop Rock but nobody does it like Jay Elle. Similarly, with Insane, the hard-driven guitar work and the heavy drums along with the grooviest bass and the most melodic voice, everything comes together to form one of the better Pop Rock tracks I’ve heard ever. Insane is probably my favourite track off of the album and I highly recommend it above the others (it narrowly beats everything else because of how good the entire album is).
As we get deeper into the album with Better Luck Next Time, Angeling and She’s So Fine, we notice the theme gets accentuated even further. I can’t help but feel a little giddy when I hear these tracks because they kind of remind me of a time when things were simpler. There was a time when these were the things we’d all think about and they seem kind of inconsequential now. However, the delivery through music is what really stands out.
Even on the last three tracks, Morning Rain, Twelve On A Sunday and Who’s Camille, we never feel alienated. There’s a sense of familiarity that we just can’t seem to wrap our heads around until Jay puts it into words for us. Jay Elle is an absolute phenomenon that has been hiding in the shadows for some time. It’s probably time to share his music with a larger audience and you can be a part of that!